Hi, I’m Luke and I’m the Production Manager at MLA College.  I started in this role almost from day one of the Hydrographic Academy and I am extremely proud of what the team have achieved in that time. 

My role is to work with the team to help them develop teaching and learning materials using the latest technology.  I also put together the bespoke interfaces that currently house our course materials; produce some of the graphics used in lectures and film and edit the practical tutorials and demonstrations that help form the modules.

I have a very varied and challenging role and I am very lucky to be able to say that I really enjoy my work.

Part of the enjoyment comes from the extremely challenging nature of the role at times; I also get the chance to use some of my more creative skills whilst developing a whole new knowledge base. I’m very lucky to be part of a team with that is incredibly innovative; I think this innovation and creativity shows in our teaching and learning materials.

Prior to working for the Hydrographic Academy, I spent close to ten years working for an initiative within the UK called Aimhigher. This work was predominantly teaching 11 to 16 year old school students and was richly rewarding. I passionately believe that education should be accessible to all regardless of background, finance or location, a belief that I have brought into my current role.  I genuinely believe that MLA College is opening up the chance to study to a wider audience.

On a personal note, it sounds very clichéd but I love the sea; I was brought up next to it and have always lived in coastal areas.  Some of my earliest memories are of battling with the berm at Burton Bradstock, desperately trying to convince myself I was warm.

My role has given me the chance to learn about something as powerful, and yet calming, as the ocean. I always knew what it was capable of, and have always been very respectful of the sea, but now I’m starting to understand why it does what it does!